Title: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Released: 1991

Fix: Early ’90s Nostalgia, Robin Hood, Alan Rickman, Christian Slater When He Was Hot, Kevin Costner’s (Body Double’s) Butt
Platforms: Tubi TV

Netflix Summary:

When the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham murder* Robin Hood’s father, the legendary archer vows vengeance and joins a band of exiled villagers.

*Apparently, Netflix thinks that “Sheriff of Nottingham” is a plural noun.

FYA Summary:

No matter how many remakes come out, Kevin Costner will always be my Robin Hood. Well, technically, a fox will always be my Robin Hood, but Disney doesn’t play nice with Netflix so we have to make do with the Costner cards we’ve been dealt, okay?

I was 12 years old when Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was released in the summer of 1991, which meant I spent the entirety of the following school year praying that I would get to slow dance with a boy to this song. That is, until our church decided to render it completely unromantic by using it in the youth group Easter show. (Nothing kills the mood like adding Jesus to the mix.)

When the movie became available on VHS, my friends and I wore it out at slumber parties, swooning over Christian Slater, cheering for Azeem (Morgan Freeman), hating on the Sheriff (Alan Rickman at his scenery-chewing best), and trying to pause on the frame that showed the most of Kevin Costner’s (body double’s) butt.

Familiar Faces:

Kevin Costner as Robin Hood

Remember when Kevin Costner was, like, the sexiest man in Hollywood? Damn, I feel old just asking that question.

Christian Slater as Will Scarlett

Speaking of old, Christian Slater, WHAT HAPPENED? Time has not been kind to you, my friend.

Alan Rickman as Sheriff George of Nottingham

Jeezy creezy, this post has taken a depressing turn. I get that 24 years have passed since the film was made but FAIR YOUTH, WHERE HAVE YE GONE?

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Marian Dubois

Finally! Someone who doesn’t look ravaged by the passage of time!

Morgan Freeman as Azeem

And then there’s this guy, whose face seems… pretty much the same.

Couch-Sharing Capability: High

To fully savor the nostalgia, it’s best to watch this movie with as many of your Merry Men as possible. Group cheering is a necessity, and not just for the butt action–there’s the arrow cam (you’ll also want to be able to turn to someone and say, “Remember when that was a thing?”), there’s rope swinging (Robin Hood does this, like, a hundred times), and there’s every single scene with Alan Rickman.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Friar Tuck

I’m not saying this is a bad movie. But if you break out the ale, it will be an AWESOME movie.

Use of Your Netflix Subscription: Don’t Tell Me, It’s Not Worth Tryin’ For

I wouldn’t walk the wire for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and I certainly wouldn’t die for it, but I would lie for it, easy, and I’d probably even fight for it (especially after drinking some of Friar Tuck’s good stuff). Whether you want adventure, humor, or a walk down early ’90s lane, this movie hits the entertainment bullseye.


Sarah lives in Austin, and believes there is no such thing as a guilty pleasure, which is part of why she started FYA in 2009. Growing up, she thought she was a Mary Anne, but she's finally starting to accept the fact that she's actually a Kristy.